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Quito & Cotopaxi

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3 days / 3 nights 

This tour is perfect if you have some days between your international flight and the flight to Galapagos.  You will get to know 3 incredible sites, such as the historical center of Quito (UNESCO heritage site), the “Middle of the World” site with the Equator line and the National Park Cotopaxi.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Quito

Arrival to Quito, where you will be meet at the airport by our local Spanish-speaking driver and transferred to your hotel located in the city (around 45 min ride).

Quito has an altitude of around 9,350 feet, (2,850 m). Someone flying to Quito from sea level experiences an elevation changes of nearly two miles (3 km) in a matter of hours. Abrupt changes in elevation such as this sometimes have ill effects. In the event that you do experi-ence symptoms of altitude sickness, in most cases, they can be remedied by drinking lots of water, getting rest, avoid cigarettes and alcohol and eat light. The coca tea can help also.
Meals included: X
Transfer with a private chauffeur

Day 2Quito & Mitad del Mundo

Pick up at the hotel. This morning we will visit Quito Old Town. Quito has one if not the best-preserved colonial town of South America. Wander in the narrow streets listening to your guides explanations. Visit the best churches, admire the architecture and every detail in each building and stop at a small craft chocolate shop where you will learn about Ecuadorian fine chocolate. It comes from a very rare brand of cocoa “cacao national”, which represents only 5% of the world cocoa production and results in one of the best chocolate on earth. It has won numerous prizes. Later we will visit one of the most beautiful colonial streets where you will appreciate the art preserved in the time using techniques of the famous “Escuela Quiteña” to inspire you to make your own craft in a workshop.
We hop now to the 18th century where a French group of scientists, is sent by the French Royal Academy of Science to Ecuador (at the time still Peru) to try to find the Equator line. The site you will visit is where they found the line at this time, and 200 years later a monument was built to remember this important time of the history of the country. When the middle of the world was then measured with modern instruments, it was found that they were wrong by only 240 meters. Take a picture near the famous monument and then visit of Intiñan Museum where you will participate in several experiences that will show you that yes, you are indeed right on the Equator line. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Tour with a private guide and vehicle
Meals included this day: breakfast

Day 3Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi is one of the most amazing places in the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Its perfect shape as snow cone that rises to 5,897 (19347 ft) meters makes him unique in the world.
While you visit the National Park, you could see wild horses, llamas, and many species of birds combined with the stunning landscape surrounded by endemic vegetation that changes while you head up to the parking lot. After this drive, you have the chance to hike up to the refuge (300 meters up) which is located at 4,810m (15780 ft).
Depending on weather conditions, it´s possible to continue to the glaciers at 5000m (16404 ft). You will reach high altitude during this day, so we recommend you to be prepared with warm clothes, an adequate acclimatization and bring enough water with you.
Tour with a private tour with a guide
Meals included this day: breakfast

On the next morning, only breakfast included. Please let us know if you need additional services such as transfers, or more activities.

General Information
The program can change due to unforeseen circumstances (such as strikes or meteorological conditions) without prior notice.
  • CLIMATE Quito has a changeable climate during the day all year. Be prepared for sunny day, rainy after-noon and cool night. So we say that in the same day you can have the 4 seasons! Weather can vary from 20°C during the day to 8° C during the nights. We recommend you bring a day pack with a rain jacket in it, sun blocker, hat, water, sunglasses and a sweater (that you probably will put on/take several times during the day). Quito can be visited all year round. Cotopaxi is higher, we will reach almost the 5000 masl, so recommend you to bring hat, scarf, gloves, warm clothes, rain jacket, trekking pants (no jeans as possible), trekking shoes.
  • ABOUT TIPS Tips are a good reward if you feel your guide/crew went out of his way to make your trip mem-orable! A usual/reasonable tip is around USD 5$ per person per day for the guide and 3$ per day for chauffeur if there is one
Hotels:

There are 3 categories of hotels:

** we use these below or similar according to availability at the moment of booking. We will always reconfirm hotel names before your final booking
** We always offer a modern or more typical hotel, let us know your preference!
** In the modern Quito you are closer to restaurants and bars, it is easier to move around. In the old town it is very busy in the day light but empty in the night, so usually in the evening you cannot really walk around

  • Tourist class: simple and clean, with private bathroom in each room and hot water such as Ikala (modern) or Hotel San Francisco de Quito (old town)
  • Tourist superior class hotels: larger rooms, TV, Air-Conditioning such as Cultura Manor (modern) or Casona de la Ronda (old town)
  • First class hotels: superior rooms, TV, Air-Conditioning, well located such as Le Parc (modern) or Plaza Grande (old town)

Prices:

PRICES INCLUDE

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel with a local Spanish-speaking chauffer.
  • 2 days of visits with a guide certified by Ministry of tourism– (English speaking)
  • meals mentioned
  • accommodation in double-room (please specify if twin room or double bed needed)
  • all transportation on private basis
  • entrance fees to all sites visited
  • 3 breakfasts

PRICES EXCLUDE

  • flights to Quito
  • all services not mentioned on the program
  • additional costs for flight delays or cancellations
  • lunches (our guide will indicate you nice places, according to your budget. You shall count minimum 10 USD per person).
  • dinners
  • travel insurance
  • tips (guides expect tips)

Tourist class hotels

per person
Single room supplement +99 USD

486 USD

Tourist superior class hotels:

per person
Single room supplement +245 USD

666 USD

First class hotels:

per person
Single room supplement +493 USD

881 USD